RSOI/Foal Eagle 2001
On Nov. 6, 2001 the Combined Forces Command announced that exercises Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (RSO&I) and Foal Eagle (FE) would be linked to form RSO&I/FE '02. RSO&I is routinely held in the spring, and Foal Eagle was scheduled in the fall. Military officials determined that linking the two exercises improves the CFC exercise program and maximizes training opportunities. Traditionally, RSO&I is a command post exercise and FE is a field training exercise. One benefit of linking the exercises is the command post exercise will be held concurrently with the field training exercise, which provides more realistic training. The new exercise will occur in the spring and will recur annually. It is scheduled to last between one and two weeks.
The exercise, which normally takes place at the end of October and runs into November was postponed in 2001. One of North Korea's state newspapers, the Rodong Shinmun, warned Wednesday that South Korean military exercises ran counter to the peace-making dialogue. Exercises, it said, are a sign that South Korea is unwilling to ease tension between the countries. South Korea staged an anti-terrorism exercise last week.
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